As an organization, we are mindful of how much we have accomplished, and how we can change to better serve Bay Area at-risk youth. There is a confluence of research on the teenage brain, behavioral science, and the accumulated wisdom of youth service programs all co-emerging with the advent of mindfulness mental health services within other populations. The scientific community has revealed more about the brain in the last five years than in the previous 5,000 years.
The MBA Project is the only way many at-risk youth will be exposed to the benefits of meditation, and they deserve the best experience possible. We want our curriculum to reflect the latest information about the human brain, addiction, neuroplasticity and how to best teach age-old practices in a way that is relevant to young people’s lives. Our curriculum should also target the specific needs and challenges facing at-risk youth populations. Because of this, we will bring together some of the brightest minds in the meditation community and host a summit in fall 2015 that will focus on revamping our curriculum and programs.
After the summit, we will publish our findings in our monthly newsletter and on our social media sites. We are very excited for the opportunity to improve our programs through incorporating best practices and the insight offered by recent advancements within the scientific community, and to ultimately provide even more at-risk youth with the most effective meditation instruction possible.
If you are interested in contributing to this effort or have any questions about the curriculum summit, please contact:
For knowledge sharing about the curriculum and MBA’s programs: MBA’s Clinical Services Director Jennie Powe Runde at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For funding this project, our Executive Director, Roger Miller, at email@example.com.
You can also contribute financially by donating here.